Judge Awards $90M In Fees In Black Farmers' USDA Suit

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT) -- A District of Columbia federal judge on Thursday awarded $90.8 million in fees to class counsel for black farmers in a historic discrimination case against the U.S. government, saying the attorneys' "utmost professionalism" entitled them to the maximum award under the settlement of the litigation.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman cited the "unique challenges" of the case in awarding class counsel a 7.4 percent share of the $1.25 billion settlement fund for thousands of black farmers who alleged the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against...
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